Friday, May 20, 2011
As of May 13, I am 7 months chemo-free and still in remission. My oncologist graduated me as well, stretching my doctor appointments out to every few months instead of every month. :-) My calandar has no cancer clinic appointments until....JULY!!! Awesome!!!!
I know not everyone gets such a happy story to their fight with cancer. KC teases me that I've never really associated myself with cancer- "I have Leukemia- not Cancer." Yea, yea; I know- Leukemia is a type of cancer. On those days when it is hard to "Hoover it (aka Suck it up)" and be strong, it is an overwhelming blessing to be lifted up by those around you. I have found a plethora of heros not only these last 3 years, but in my lifetime. For all those quiet, loud, passionate, steadfast, diverse heroes out there who are enduring trials themselves or standing by their loved one: Celebrate the little things and never give up! What an amazing thing it is to watch people serve friends, family, and even strangers by donating time, resources, and sharing their love and compassion with people who need so much during such times. From someone who has received so much, I thank you. I am a better person for knowing you, and am inspired to be even more.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
*At first impression there was monotony, but then I realized the copious shades of service, layering me with a contrast of health to my impending illness.
*The silent moments allowed me the luxury of looking within, strengthening my roots, and stretching my listening abilities beyond my sight.
*Relying on stores of nurishment, I gained gratitude for all the preparations both spiritually and physically of myself and others.
*The hush of winter reminds you there is a spring coming soon, full of life and awakenings!
The winter for me is melting away. I feel the warmth and energy slowly piercing the fog of my brain and slowed body. Thank you for your patience with me, and thank you for your loving support. I am truly humbled when I think of all the lesson plans others created on my behalf; the time spent in notes, phone calls, and visits; the amounts of faith and care that were extended to me and my family; the schedules and needs that were rearranged to ease my burdens; the moments of focused listening to my thoughts...I thank you. These are feeble words, but heartfelt. I hope I can someday be that robin for you on your wintry day, reminding you that the climate will change soon.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
What a glorious day! Thank you to all those near and far who celebrated with me today, and continue to celebrate each day after. I loved the many happy dances we got to share, along with the other forms of jubilee! My students even applauded each time I entered the room to celebrate the exciting day; their joy was sooo appreciated!
The official diagnosis is still remission, but I now have monthly visits to the doctor for a blood draw to validate the Leukemia is not back, and then after two years....I am declared CURED! What am I going to do with my Wednesdays now? lol.
I've learned that during our challenges in life there are moments when the road gets smoother for a while, and other times when the road forks to a whole new and different adventure; both allowing us the chance to sit down and count our many blessings, thanking God and those who sustain us in our everyday travels. So, today as I metaphorically take one exit for another onramp, I THANK YOU!
I have felt copious amounts of support and goodwill in my life; these last few years especially. I am still amazed at the caring and competent care I have received from "my" doctors and nurses and whatever other titles they all hold. My schoolmates have eased the peripheral burdens of teaching while going through my treatments, and have always inspired me in their spontaneous acts of service. My close friends and neighbors amaze me with their awareness of others, and have taught me how to truly sustain a soul over the long haul. My family....how can you sum up the heroic moments from family? They are everything. And, not to get too sappy, but KC has been my rock. He takes care of the world so I can hold some resemblance of "keeping it together", even when my fatigued brain and body collaborate with my stubborness. Yea, he's cool. I'm very happy for this path God has put me on; the scenery is beautiful!
So, as I have been sitting at this intersection for a little while now, the light has finally changed! I'm excited to see what lies down the road, and I'm ready to put the pedal to the metal. See ya at the next intersection. Green light.....Go!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
For all those Edward lovers out there....! This is from someone on the staff at hisgoldeneyes.com; a website that is literally my daily happy pill! I know. Pathetic. Still love it, though!
(To turn off the celebratory music so you can watch the "show", go to the "part Dos" entry, the first slide set, and hit the sound button. Whala...silence!)
My leukemia news has been pretty boring the last few months; just doing my protocol and same old stuff week to week. But, I FINALLY have some fun news to report! I've been "graduated".... in a sense. What it means? Separate from my weekly chemo treatments, my monthly visit has "graduated" to seeing the P.A., freeing up my amazing oncologist to see sicker people. P.S. The sicker people group no longer includes me. Pretty great, right?! Right. Dr. Bott had quite the twinkle in his eye as we talked over the good news.
Then, to top it off, my platelets are joining the party of my bloodstream. They were slow to come back, but I haven't been in the "low" category for two weeks now. Awesome. So, feel free to do a happy dance with me. Then shake it all around....
My Christmas wish for you is that you enjoy the holiday and savor each:
carol and song of the season
pine bough, bundle of cinnamon, and scented pinecone
decoration that brings joyous memories
falling flake that gives hope for a White Christmas
lit up house on your street
cheesy TV special
book that makes you cry (am not...)
card from loved ones far and near
snacks that go sooo against every diet invented
present you wish for others, whether it is bought or not
moment in which you testify of the miracle of Jesus
Merry Christmas! Love to all, and Peace on Earth.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As for Spooktacular holiday cheer back home, KC and I participated in Trunk 'or Treat for the first time ever.... had a blast. KC also participated in our ward's yearly Pie, Soup, and Chili night. No awards, but he had a great time! The corn chowder was delicious, and the Bananas Foster pie.... YUM!
We wish you a wonderful holiday! We continually are in awe of our many blessings and hope we show our gratitude by giving thanks and enjoying the love of family and friends each day.